Bill O'Leilly: ''We Do Not Speculate Here''

On June 9, Bill O'Leilly said, "As you may know, we do not speculate here on 'The Factor.' We have no idea what happened to Natalee or why she left the bar with some Aruban men. I've heard some irresponsible media speculate about that, and it makes me angry."

If you saw any of O'Leilly's coverage of the case, this must be a bit puzzling. If not "speculation," what would O'Leilly call the following statements he's made about Natalee's case?
"Looks like she's dead because the five people, two arrested, three interviewed, are all shady characters."

"I think this was a straight abduction scene. OK? Was she probably -- she went to a Boyz II Men concert before she went to the bar, where she danced and partied. All right? Then she indeed and everybody saw her leave with a couple of guys. Now after that is when I-- obviously, she got into trouble."

"But to me, I mean, a woman like this, 18 years old, we know her background, doesn't have sex with three guys she doesn't know. I mean, that doesn't happen."

"I think one of these sleazy thugs will flip. And we'll probably have this solved at the end of the week -- by the end of the week."
And then, when he interacted with his guests...
O'LEILLY: And that, unfortunately, leaves me to believe that this poor woman, the chances of her being alive right now are not strong.

CANDICE DeLONG (Retired FBI agent): Correct. Even if they weren't drug dealers, I am with you in your assessment of what her situation may be now because if these are the five people that are most likely to have been with her, and they're in custody or being looked at, where is she?

O'LEILLY: She's at the bottom of the ocean.

DeLONG: That's what's got me worried.

O'LEILLY: She's at the bottom of the ocean.

DeLONG: It's not looking good.


O'LEILLY: You have a long history investigating murder. A girl gone this long?

PATRICK J. BROSNAN (Former New York City homicide detective): It smells very bad. 240 hours. Where is she? It's a small island.

O'LEILLY: It's either she's held captive someplace, because there is that sex trade in the Caribbean. So there is a possibility that they didn't do that [murder]. But if you don't have a body, if they threw the body in the ocean, and there are a lot of sharks, you know.
So you see, speculation is nothing new to O'Leilly. When the story of "runaway bride" Jennifer Wilbanks became a nonstop story on cable news, O'Leilly announced:
"It's got to be a crime. A woman like that with a long history of responsibility. She had a steady job.... She just wouldn't bolt and not tell anybody."
As it turned out, of course, that's just what Wilbanks did. And O'Leilly has "speculated" about far more important matters as well. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, he said:
"Saddam Hussein... I believe is involved with this World Trade Center and Pentagon bombing. I believe that you're going to find out that money from Iraq flowed in and helped this happen." (9/14/01)
No evidence to back up this speculation has ever come to light. And before we invaded Iraq, O'Leilly repeatedly speculated about how long military operations would take.
"I will bet you the best dinner in the gaslight district of San Diego that military action will not last more than a week," (1/29/03).
On another show, O'Leilly said:
"Our military machine will crush Iraq in a matter of days and there's no question that it will."
When his guest responded that the war was "going to go on for months," O'Leilly retorted:
"There's no way. There's absolutely no way. They may bomb for a matter of weeks, try to soften them up as they did in Afghanistan. But once the United States and Britain unleash, it's maybe hours. They're going to fold like that" (2/10/03).
Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly, Intl.

1 comment:

Tom said...

O'Liely contradicts himself on a daily basis. He lies..

Sean Hannity lies and lies and lies.. Over and over. His coverage of the Schiavo autopsey was a complete joke.

Neither one cares - that's their job. They are not interested in jounalism. They are interested in political propaganda, making lots of money, falafels and Dick.

Hate and agression sells. That's why liberal commentators have a hard time. Who wants to listen to a guy talk about national health care and the environment? That shit's boring..